Okla. High Court Strikes Down Major Tort Reform Law

Law360, New York (June 6, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidated a sprawling state tort reform law Tuesday, ruling the measure is unconstitutional because its many elements — including asbestos testimony restrictions and limits on gun manufacturer liability — are too disparate for one piece of legislation.

A seven-judge majority struck down H.B. 1603, the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009. The majority determined the legislation violated the state Constitution's requirement that each law must be limited to one subject.

The Lawsuit Reform Act includes 90 sections, many of which have nothing...
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